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Android is Google’s mobile operating system, launched in September 2008, although its history technically began with the release of the Android alpha in November 2007.

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The popularity of iMessage in the US continues to grow, and the infamous “green bubble” can leave Android users out of group chats or even turn off potential relationships. Since Apple won’t bring an iMessage client to Android, Samsung has put together a collection of GIFs that its users can send as a comeback to iPhone users who complain about their “green bubble.”

Yeah, they’re super weird.

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Open up your smartphone web browser and the experience is probably pretty snappy if you have a new or reasonably new smartphone. Enter Google Go, a cut-down version of Google Search that is designed specifically for modest hardware and slow connections.

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Android will soon support the Xbox Elite Controller, at least over USB

Gaming on smartphones is getting continually better, and with services like Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now on the horizon, that future is only looking brighter. Now, Android is looking to add support for the Xbox Elite Controller in a future update.

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Google shut down ‘Mobile Network Insights’ service for carriers due to privacy concerns

According to a new report, for two years, Google apparently provided mobile carriers access to anonymized network data from Android phones in a program called “Mobile Network Insights.”

Nokia 3V arrives on Verizon this week for $168 w/ 6.26-inch screen, Assistant button

Nokia’s budget portfolio expanded earlier this year with the Nokia 3.2 and 4.2, and now the former of those devices is getting a carrier variant. Nokia has just announced the Nokia 3V for Verizon, a $169 mid-range smartphone going on sale later this week.

[Update: Releases August 22] Pre-orders open for Funko Pop skinned Gears of War on Android, iOS

One of the most popular Xbox exclusives in the form of Gears of War is heading to Android and iOS devices later this year courtesy of Gears POP!

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